Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

President's Pen

Brad Petry, MSPA President

A Farewell Message


There is no way to predict the outcome of a Presidency prior to beginning. In organizations like MSPA you spend a year as President-Elect, learning the ropes and planning for your administration. Everyone has hope and plans and a desire to make changes for the better in the organization. No one plans for an abrupt hiatus in normal order due to a pandemic. No one hopes that all typical meetings and events will move to a virtual format. No one predicts that the end of a presidency will coincide with civil and racial uprising, stark examples of inequity, and financial recession. 

Rather than be disappointed in my retrospective, I am proud and optimistic. MSPA proved to be flexible and nimble as an organization, facing financial challenges with confidence, adapting committee work, holding events in new formats, and using the lessons that we learned during troubling times to chart a course for the future that will better meet member needs. 

This is a message of “See you later,” as opposed to “Goodbye.” You elected me for another term as President-Elect and then President for 2021-22. Rather than be disappointed that not all of my careful planning came to fruition this year, I am excited and encouraged that the lessons learned this year will help us be an even better organization in the years to come. Despite the challenges we faced, I consider our year a success. We could not have accomplished our goals without the steadfast, consistent, and enthusiastic support of our Board, our Committee chair people, our Committee members, and members like you. Thank you for your support.

In service,

Brad Petry

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Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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